1. FC Union Berlin are a football club based in the German capital's Köpenick district. The club first won promotion to the top flight in 2019, after beating Stuttgart over two legs in the Bundesliga's annual playoff.
1. FC Union Berlin, commonly referred to as Union Berlin, were founded under their current name in 1966, but their roots extend back to much earlier than the founding of the former East Germany in 1949. In the former GDR, Union's fan base was largely anti-establishment, and the antithesis to the fan base of their biggest rivals, BFC Dynamo. After long languishing in Germany's lower divisions following reunification, Union established themselves as a fixture in the second division for a decade, before finally achieving promotion in 2019.
It was a Bundesliga weekend that saw more draws than expected, an unsavory incident in the capital and Bayern cashing in on the poor results of all their challengers. Catch up on the latest from the Bundesliga here.
While Bayern Munich reasserted their supremacy, Marcus Thuram also made headlines for spitting in the face of an opponent. There was also a dream debut for a Werder Bremen teenager and a contrast in the capital's clubs.
In Borussia Dortmund's final Bundesliga game of 2020, Edin Terzic's side traveled to the German capital to face in-form Union Berlin. Sixteen year old Youssoufa Moukoko got Dortmund level but it wasn't enough to win.
Even as 2020 ends, the Bundesliga schedule shows no sign of letting up. Borussia Dortmund played their first game under Edin Terzic, Bayern Munich faced the undefeated Wolfsburg and league leaders Leverkusen scored four.
RB Leipzig are among several Bundesliga clubs submitting post-COVID hygiene concepts, suggesting the return of fans to stadiums in Germany might not be far away. But the risks are real, a government official tells DW.